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Welcome back to Alexandra Palace.
The final of the guff about Masters
continues this evening, with Kyren
Wilson and Mark Allen locked at 4-4.
-- the final of the death
This is the story so far.
This is the story so far.
A very good pot.
very nice pot.
very nice pot.
That's just pure
What an extraordinary frame
before the mid-session interval.
This looks pretty good. Yes, he
played it very well.
played it very well.
That will make
him feel a bit better.
him feel a bit better.
Well, now there is a free ball, and
it is a free ball this time.
there in black and white. It is for-
All to play for tonight. OK, Steve,
what have you made of the finals so
Understandably tense from both
players. Neither player reached the
heights that have got them to the
final and there have been crisis
points for both of them. Kyren
Wilson missed a couple of horrendous
pots which he did well to recover
from and Mark Allen has not been as
What about that snooker from
From the perspective of
the match, it is all set up very
nicely and both players will
hopefully use it as a springboard
for this evening. Rob Walker, let's
get the players out there.
and gentlemen, please welcome
Kettering's 2015 Shanghai Masters
champion, Kyren Wilson.
CHEERING AND APPLAUSE
And now, please welcome Northern
Ireland pots three-time ranking
event winner, Mark Allen.
CHEERING AND APPLAUSE
What annoys inside Alexandra Palace.
-- what a noise inside Alexandra
Palace. Good evening, everyone, and
this crowd giving my players are
fabulous reception. It couldn't be
better. Four frames all and one of
them is going to get their name on
that magnificent trophy. Which of
them isn't going to be? The Paul
Hunter Tracy they are ball.
some atmosphere, isn't it, Dennis?
It will make the hairs on the back
of your neck stand up and what a
reception for both players. For-
four. First to 10.
four. First to 10.
Thank you, frame
nine, Mark Allen to break.
pick a winner, Dennis. Evenly
matched after this afternoon's
I think it was difficult
before it even started. The standard
overall. Kyren Wilson has had breaks
of 64, a 52 in the last frame. But
he lost that last frame. He had that
one long frame but the balls went
very awkwardly. It was the longest
frame of this year 's Masters. It
lasted just under 47 minutes.
exciting though, wasn't it? Write to
the black ball. It will be
interesting to see how Kyren Wilson
handles tonight, particularly after
losing that frame.
losing that frame. Also to see how
much of a boost it will give Mark
Allen. It is very nicely poised,
Yes, for two very attacking players,
there was some brilliant safety
played in this afternoon's session,
especially in that long for frame.
-- that long fourth frame. There is
another good safety.
Yes, much more of an attacking
safety shot because there is a
pathway back down the right-hand
side of the table.
Good return. Excellent.
played with a lot of sportsmanship,
this final. Both players
acknowledging the other player with
a tap on the table when they play a
good safety shot.
Yes, we could do without the odd one
in the crowd shouting out like that.
They are fabulous here, lots of
atmosphere and noise, but on the
shot there, perfectly quiet. The
reds have opened it up nicely, as
you can see. OK, the black and pink
are awkward, but he hasn't got an
easy return safety shot here. And
about red to the left, the one he
was looking at there, if you took
the pot on, it looks as if he would
can into other reds and that is
That was just a way of putting
yourself out of trouble. There was
no way to get on
no way to get on a colour but he
couldn't see a safety shot. Now he
can play a safety shot.
play the brown. He really wants to
get the cue ball somewhere behind
the green on that side of the table.
That is pretty good.
He was just looking to see their if
he left the cue ball on the cushion
to the right of the black, what he
would leave. The red to the right
there, he could play off that and
leave the white on cushion. To the
right of the red there, just two
questions nestled on the red here.
He has played this well. He's played
it very well.
Well, he's looking at a pot here.
Can he get through to hit the one to
cut it into the right corner? That's
the one he is looking at. Maybe he
can see enough of it.
Well, he could cut back in because
it wasn't quite as thin as I
thought. So the first real chance
falls Mark Allen here. -- falls to
Mark Allen here.
That just about went in.
go in cleanly into the pocket so
subsequently, topside of the blue.
It just wobbled.
He could screw the crew ball back --
the cue ball back. He is looking at
dropping the blue ball in and
leaving the cue ball in line with
the blue spot. He could leave
himself a nice angle on potting this
red, coming back up for the blue.
Didn't quite hit it hard enough and
it's left rather awkward. He can
still take the blue on but it's a
funny angle being so close to it.
You see, that might look
straightforward, but it's a funny
He is looking at the yellow ball.
This is quite an attacking shot to
get round to the reds.
get round to the reds. Very well
played. Now, has the kiss on the
green spoiled it? And the blue might
hamper him, so he is very anarchy
that indeed. He took the risk on the
yellow -- so he is very unlucky
there indeed. He didn't get a
favourable case there on the green.
Look whether yellow, green and brown
are. I have never seen that before.
Yes, if he chooses to try
to play the safety shot, it is quite
a big target. Not a big target down
the left side of the table. He needs
to clip these rates down the right
side. A big target up by yellow,
green and brown.
That is a nice nudge of the yellow.
It straightened up the cue ball and
left it tight on the baulk cushion.
He tried to pot himself out of
trouble the last time. I don't think
he can do it here. Maybe just an
edge of the red to the right.
edge of the red to the right. Well,
that's a fabulous shot from there.
You'd certainly be happy with that.
It's just developing into a bit of
an awkward frame but the players
can't do anything about that. It's
just the way the balls have mixed
That's a shame. That's put the
yellow out of commission now.
That was a great effort and look
where he has got the cue ball. That
is the cue power that Kyren Wilson
Yes, a tremendous amount of top
He doesn't want that red coming up
over the right centre. He needs the
brown to come to his rescue. I don't
think it has.
think it has. He can cut this red
into the right centre pocket and
avoid the red on the top cushion to
get back up for blue. Or possibly
pink. I don't think he can hold
pink, but definitely blue. He needs
to avoid the red on the top cushion.
Oh, he has overcut it.
He really does pot some fantastic
balls, Mark allen.
That is one of the reasons he has
made 358th century breaks in his
career. He has made 41 this season.
And against John Higgins and Ronnie
O'Sullivan, when he was in amongst
the balls, he never looked like
missing, but this is very awkward,
the ball is situated like this.
Yes, just wanted more of a full ball
cannon on that. He is still on for
the pink but it is trickier than he
would have liked. It is fair. Good
shot. And he is nicely on the road.
-- on the red.
And all the sudden, it's now good
chance. Now, how many can he make
from this position? There is plenty
there for the taking.
Yes, this is where he is really at
his best, playing these little
screws and stuns in. It is one of
the reasons, as you said, he has had
so many century breaks in his
career. The two
career. The two reds to the left of
the black will also pot, so he
doesn't have is to make too many
choices here. A choice of reds.
Now he can almost try to play on
three reds here, all around the
black spot. Try to get them into the
Well, it looks as if, yes, he has
finished dead straight on this, so,
just managed to force a little bit
of an angle where. They play a
similar type game, these two
players, but very different cue
actions. Mark is very effective but
doesn't pull the cue back too far.
And his action is really suited to
these very fast tables. Not a lot
can go wrong with it.
can go wrong with it. But there is
something just gone slightly wrong
with that positional shot. 48 in
front. It was always going to be
very difficult to score enough to
win the frame.
Yes, he is just worried about the
two reds left of the black. If he
tries to play phase and get the cue
ball up towards the brown and the
green, he is worried about knocking
the reds over the pocket. That's
where he is taking his time, over a
minute now. Of course, he is nursing
a 48 point lead as well, so he
doesn't want to bring any
unnecessary reds into play. He wants
to keep it tight. That is not bad.
He will settle for that.
That is another very good safety
from Kyren, although, having said
that, mark might be able to take
this one on if he can avoid cannon
into a bread that is just to the
right of the black press. -- avoid
cannon Inc into a red that is just
to the right of the black. Yes, he
stun that in order to avoid that.
Kyren has got an awful lot to do to
try to get back into this frame.
Good pot, quite cleverly played.
He's trying to knock the yellow of
the baulk cushion, try to bring that
into play. He didn't get the full
ball cannon on the yellow. He has
still got the green or brown into
right centre, but a big shot this
is. If it goes in, he has a chance.
If he misses it, could he lose the
Well, he has still got one red to go
out but this was a terrific pot at
that pace into the middle pocket. He
is trying to develop pink and red.
He certainly developed the pink, not
the red safe.
Well, what the chance now to develop
a few more balls here. He has got
the perfect angle. He can certainly
bring at least one red into play if
not two. Oh, that's unlucky again.
You'd have thought once he found the
gap there, he's bound to knock one
into a portable position. He might
just play this and free the black
hair. But he needs to be careful.
That was so close to being such a
great shot. A tap on the table
He had to hit the cue ball that hard
to make sure the red didn't stay
over the right corner pocket. He had
to hit it with more pace so the red
would come back towards the top
A chance of a pot on the red and
under normal circumstances, he would
take this pink on.
If he was 39
behind, he would take this pink on,
no question. The fact he is 39
ahead, he is in a good position.
Just planning to play good matchplay
snooker here. Now he has put the
brown safe. That puts his case
It looks to be absolutely dead
39 the difference. This red and
anything would do.
Pink would be OK. Oh, that was
close. Tricky little one along the
cushion here though.
There is still a glimmer of hope for
Kyren here. But Mark putting the
brown safe could come into play.
Another tricky one along the
I'm sure he's trying to play on the
pink, but he still has the black
there. Still not ideal.
24 points behind, so he will need
red and all the colours to win this
Now imperative he leaves a nice
angle. He has the angle to try and
move the yellow. But he is looking
to try and leave it in such a spot
that he will leave a nice angle to
get behind the yellow and drop the
Well this is tougher than the ones
he played along the cushion behind
Oh! That wobbled! Four or five times
there. Even then at that pace he
hasn't got it on to the green.
No value in taking the pot on with
the brown as it is. But this is a
pretty good shot he played.
Just enough room to slip around the
back of that green.
Which is what's happened.
Foul, a miss and 6.
Yes just had a quick look. It is not
a free ball, so he will have it
replaced. It is just far off the
cushion, that green, just to...
Around the back of it.
Oh, he will settle for that! You're
never sure where they're going to
go, but that's a good result.
That's the shot.
He can just see the edge of the
Got to be careful he doesn't knock
it towards the left corner pocket.
Played it well. That is as good as
he could have hoped for.
that brown that Mark Allen knocked
safe when he was 48 in front,
knocked it there as a bit of
insurance now with the penalty
points he is going to need that
Whether a shot he's played
there. What a shot!
That is one of
the shots of this week.
another look without a doubt.
Very well worked out.
This is a tough opening frame for
both players. But it is such a big
It is so awkward, because the
green's away from the cushion. Not
surprised he's giving this plenty of
thought. The shot time coming up to
a minute and a half. But it's such a
crucial shot. That's what he is
looking at there.
Oh! We will see the result when he
moves his head.
You never ever know where they're
going to finish. It was such a tough
snooker to hit.
Well he has already
played a great snooker there. He
would play a slow roll here off the
Hit the green past the pink and lay
in a little snooker. Just didn't hit
it hard enough. I think, well, can
Mark the green around the table and
leave the cue ball behind the pink?
I'm not sure he has got enough of
the green there.
Back in the driving seat now, Mark
Allen with that very good safety.
Mark Allen saying, good shot.
A great chance to get the cue ball
behind the brown here.
Just overhit it slightly.
I do enjoy these frames, for all the
century breaks we have had
throughout the week, top class
snooker, I do love a fight on the
colours. It is so interesting. Cat
Yeah, good fews ago they
asked people at home why they
preferred and the percentages were
for the tactical exciting frames.
Rather than just seeing hundred
breaks flying in.
Advantage again to Mark Allen. He
was trying to get in behind the
black was Kyren. He has a couple of
ways to go, play it behind the black
or behind the brown.
The black it is but he has overhit
Well he's not got the snooker this
The green does pass the brown
into the top left-hand corner
pocket. Tough shot to take on.
He could double the green up past
the blue if he wants.
That's what he's done. Could have
done with it hitting it a little bit
As I mentioned the fourth frachl
frame was a very tactical frame and
lasted 47 minutes - the longest
frame of the Masters of this year.
The second longest one was 41
minutes with John Higgins and
Anthony McGill. This is the third
longest. But it could finish up the
Such a good long potter. No which
you could get on the brown there.
Oh, he has hit that too thin. He
needs the pink to come to his recue
and I don't think it is. Has it just
pulled up in time? It must be close.
And the thing, if he can see enough
to pot it. He has got to be careful
the white doesn't go in the right
middle pocket. He will need too keep
an eye on that one as well.
That's heading towards the middle
pocket. Is it going to pull up in
time? Just about.
From is psychological point of view
it is nice if you can win one of the
long frames. And in goes the pink.
The second longest frame of this
year's Masters and Mark Allen as he
leaves the arena will be very
pleasantly pleased with taking the
frame and he now leads by 5-4.
STUDIO: Compelling stuff. Let's
remind you how it is looking in the
head-to-head matches. It is three a
piece. And Kyren Wilson the first
player to appear until final born in
the nineties, how does that
player to appear until final born in
the nineties, how does that make you
feel? Old. Compelling, riveting
It was a fantastic frame.
Mark Allen played a clever shot
chipping the brown on to the
cushion. That insurance looked like
it would save the framement and
Kyren played a clever shot. But the
shot on the proun brown is class.
was a poor safety shot, but left a
problem. He committed to playing it
slowly and it could have rolled off
the length of the table. It was a
really good way the play the shot.
But a brave way.
You were not sure
whether he could see that brown.
are generally down the line. But we
couldn't see. The way he went about
it was the right way to do it. But a
very brave decision.
You would have
been forgiven for banging it in. He
needed the blue as well. It was a
brave professional slot to play and
took a lot of bottle. Especially
after a long-winded frame.
go to the wire.
Yes the thing with
frames that length is if you lose.
If you win you don't worry about how
long it's taken. It has a look of
10-8, 10-9. I've sat on the fence
all week. There is so many matches I
have got wrong this week. Anything
It is a show piece
event. Anything can happen.
either player wins this and starts
to dominate. It will be in different
ways. Long putting from Kyren
Wilson, his positional play isn't as
good. If Mark Allen wins it will be
precise. Expect which ever player
dominates, Mark Allen the woo white
won't be moving far. The opposite
with Kyren Wilson. Depends who will
We spent a lot of time this
afternoon talk Ake about the nerves
and tension. Your assessment on how
they have come out?
Yeah, much of
what's happened this afternoon. I'm
sure the opening session would have
done both players the world of good.
It is different. It is a Major. It
is not an ordinary ranking event, it
getting written down in the history
of the sport. I expect they will
settle down more.
I think they
looked sharper immediately. They
have had a match this morning, that
was the one session. It is its own
individual event. I expect the
standard to get higher. Mark Allen
has come back and they will settle
Mark Allen leads 5-4.
has come back and they will settle
Mark Allen leads 5-4. REFEREE:
Take your seats as quickly as
COMMENTATOR: Tenth frame on the way.
I don't think we will see many more
of those almost 40-minute frames.
They're quite intriguing. They're
what we all like to see. Some big
breaks and free-flowing snooker as
well of course. Once one player gets
started it all happens - the other
player gets going as well.
That was close. Worth another look.
Because he was perfectly on the
black. If that had dropped in. He
has left the one into the right
corner here. But the white's going
to career into the reds. So he is
working out what might happen there,
so he's not going to take the risk.
The last thing you want too do after
a long frame like that is get down
and take one on, open the reds up
and then leave your opponent right
in amongst them. So played the
percentages there. There has been
some very quick frames. We have had
a 12 minute, a couple of 15 minute
You just never know how the balls
are going to finish up. Sometimes
you get a chance and you're in
amongst the pink and black. And the
free-scoring opportunity. Other
times they run on to cushions and
finish up awkward.
Well that's not a bad outcome. It
was the only red he could leave, the
one he had a go at. It is safe next
to the brown.
to the brown. It is the first to 10
that lifts the trophy. Also called
the Paul Hunter trophy after... Oh,
well there we go, we have an early
re-rack. I didn't see that coming
quite so quickly. That shows you the
players don't want to get bogged
down with another long frame. That
was nice to see. So... Well there
you go, Ken, you're not going to get
your tactical frame you enjoyed
I only like one of them every
so often. Not too many of them. I
will be able to handle it.
back to Eddie Charlton played Terry
Griffiths and finished at 10 to 4 in
It was on Tuesday
morning! Started on Sunday. Didn't
have to change the carpet after the
two of them finished. They wore it
You see the name, Paul Hunter
trophy. What a player he was. Three
times a winner of this Masters.
Would have been a certain world
Just a natural angle for Mark Allen.
Just bread and butter for these top
If you want to past the practice
room, that is the type of shot they
do set up and practice. So it is so
important to get a good break-off
shot and Kyren didn't get one there.
Mark Allen will be hoping the red
left of the black can pot into the
left-hand corner pocket. That was an
attempt to get on it there. He has
played a very good positional shot.
If this red left of the black does
pot, just about the right side of
the blue. If the red left of black
can pot. He is looking at it now. He
will try and get on that red.
That will open the black into both
corner pockets. And that looks just
about perfect. Great shot.
Got a slight angle on the black.
Or maybe pot this red, screw into
the pack and bring more reds into
play. Needs the bounce off this
cushion. Not enough.
That is the
only problem with that shot, it is
so difficult to judge the pace and
the number of times you finish near
the cushion. He is limited to what
he can do with the black, now that
the cue ball's near the cushion.
Oh, he's missed it!
He had obviously spotted something
that he could roll the black in and
get on. I think it's... Unless the
one he was trying to get on. He has
knocked some cracking long pots in.
He could do with one here.
Bit of a chance here.
Well, talk about his cue power, he
just got into that too much and have
He was trying to swing
it over into the bunch of reds and
open it up and got far too much
screw on it. Look where the has
ended up. -- look where white has
Well, Mark Allen back at the table.
I don't think he was expecting to be
back quite so quickly.
Foul. Mark allen, four.
He's given four points away but this
red does pot and he could swing it
around the back of the black, I am
Well, maybe not. Deciding against
Has he left it for Kyren Wilson?
is a tougher pot from that angle.
Well, he is coming around to have a
look at the potting angle of the
red. So obviously wanting to take
Well, he has got away with it.
You can expect a few misses. It is
such an occasion for both players,
to try to win their first major.
There has never been more than one
frame in this final and it's the
player who you think could open up a
two frame advantage would go on to
lift the trophy and this is a bit of
a chance here for the Mac.
a chance here for the Mac. -- this
is a bit of a chance here for Mark.
This road is pottable, a bit of a
chance this, for Kyren.
That is a couple of reds into middle
pocket that he has missed now. Once
in the previous frame.
Greater pot. Fantastic opening red.
Is he too close to this green or can
he just -- pot it past the yellow.
It is very tricky when the balls are
Yes, you have to be
careful not to push it. In fact,
Kyren Wilson played a shot at the
other end of the table where he
didn't get the cue out of the way.
It was a push shot, which is a foul.
Yes, a push shot is where the tip is
in contact with the cue ball and
object ball all at the same time.
object ball all at the same time.
is not on anything into this bottom
right-hand corner pocket but I'm
sure the red pots into the right
centre. He can get on the pink, of
course, which would mean the pink
ends up back on its spot and ties
the pink up.
the pink up. Put pot this red, get
on the pink and it could work. A
nice angle on this pink and he could
try to go into the black and the two
reds and tried to bring everything
A bit of pace needed and that is
beautiful. It opens the black, maybe
not into baulk pockets, but
certainly corner pocket. He has
looked a bit edgy so far this
evening, Kyren Wilson. He lost that
long first frame and the opening
exchanges of this frame. This is a
good opportunity to get going again
That last shot he played to get onto
the blue is the shot that cost him
the final frame before the interval.
He was well on his way and Mark made
a comeback to pinch it.
He has had a look at the two reds to
see if they RE plant and they are,
so he doesn't have to disturb those
three reds around the pink now. He
can stun bows back for the black. He
doesn't want the first red coming
back and tying up the pink again.
That is what has happened.
That was not a great shot. He really
needed a better angle on the black.
He has lost the cue ball there.
that is a bit of adrenaline, to
overdo that and finish up taking the
green over the pocket.
Well, if he has covered this read to
the left corner, he is faced with a
difficult one to the right corner
and the one to the right of the pink
isn't a gimme either.
isn't a gimme either. So that poor
positional shot when playing a
straightforward plant, he just put
too much into it.
What a shot! What are pot with the
destruction of the green and the
brown. To knock that in, ten out of
ten! -- with the
distraction of the green and the
He has got himself 26 points in
front. So he needs this red, a
colour, one more red and a colour to
leave Mark Allen at the snookers
Yes, and the red to the right of the
pink will pot into the right centre.
He looks to be almost straight on
this black, so he could screw back
and play that read into the right
centre or deep screw and try to play
into the bottom right pocket. It is
the deep screw so he needs to miss
the pink and he is perfect. Great
shot. A wonderful positional shot.
This is better stuff. Black will put
him 42 points ahead.
Switch it off,
He needs to just compose
It has been a good break this,
Dennis, under the circumstances.
Dennis, under the circumstances. It
looked like Mark Allen was slightly
getting on top and first chance in
this frame, but he has come back
Yes, considering that that
last frame lasted nearly 40 minutes,
this is top drawer from Kyren here.
Great cumin, isn't
it? -- great
it? -- great action, isn't it?
reminds me of John Parrott when he
used to be on the table next to you.
He used to punch them.
Come on, Kyren. Pick a pocket. Maybe
in the middle. No. But what a
wonderful break from Kyren Wilson of
85. We are level one small. It is
Mark Allen five, Kyren Wilson five.
I'll tell you something, some of the
cueing we have seen from Kyren
Wilson this week has been
It has and I am not
trying to dig him out here, but he
is one of the best players I have
ever seen on a long pot out of
position that I have ever seen. He
has lost the cue ball, he has got to
bridge over the brown and green and
plays a magnificent long pot, stance
of the cushion and cleaned up. His
temperament has to be so good for
him to play a shot like that and
recover, it is to his credit that he
can do it.
In Mark Williams early
years, he didn't keep the cue ball
under control but he could get
himself out of trouble. It seems
that Kyren is in that bracket. But
obviously, we been critical at a top
class level. These players are all
very, very good but we see the
differences on the players when we
see them all on the match table.
That long potting, some of it we saw
yesterday with Judd Trump, it was
the reason he got over the line.
Absolutely. He is fabulous at it but
if you asked him if he would like to
have the cue ball tight making it
easy for him, he would. But it is to
his credit that when he plays a bad
shot and then he digs out one like
that. Well done, him.
Also, when you
are continuously potting long-range
pots, you are practising them all
the time. If you play great touch
shots, blacks and pinks then all of
a sudden you are left the big long
pot, there is pressure on it, but
the way Kyren plays, he is used to
Nice little mention Ron Dennis.
Yes, very nice. Not so much sound
I used to feel the same when I
was a child watching you on telly.
Thanks very much!
It's the only
reason people use to stick around at
night when they were watching him
There are lots of people
enjoying the coverage and at the
moment Gary is winning on social
media. I think you mean this in the
nicest possible way, him saying, the
way these two are going, someone is
going to win the Masters 2018 and
We still can't separate these two
great players. Two more frames
before the mid-session interval and
then played to a conclusion. It
could, as we have said a few times,
go all the way. I couldn't pick much
between these two. Mark Allen, the
more experienced of the two, but
Kyren Wilson, a very determined
Well, that was tough. You could see
from that shot that he had to try to
swerve around the green and he
caught the reds too thick and this
is a good chance for Mark Allen
He doesn't have to do too much with
the cue ball here. Down the
right-hand side will probably be his
choice. He also has the red at the
bottom of the pack as well. If he is
straight on it, he can come through
for the black. Sort of played on to
reds there. It was nicely judged.
Kyren will be absolutely reeling in
the chair therefore
the chair therefore giving Mark such
an easy chance there, particularly
after winning the last frame. So
difficult to give your opponent such
an easy chance. You can see how many
loose reds there are.
Yes, you can see at least 50 points
before he has to open that little
bunch of roads. -- of reds.
He has got a wonderful angle and if
he wishes, he can go into the bottom
of the pack to loosen them, as he
will be left on a red. That is
perfect. He didn't have to hit them
too hard. He was always going to be
on that redback and what he has done
now is brought another to reds into
play. -- he was always going to be
on that read and what he has done
now is brought another two reds into
It just shows you, when they get a
chance in amongst the balls early
on, this is what will happen.
Something, a bit of chalk maybe, got
itself onto the black bear. You see
lots of chalk marks on the table. In
fact, when Kyren is playing, you
will see him brushing the cloth to
brush the chalk marks off. When they
play a little screw shot, it leaves
a trail of chalk.
Yes, pink doesn't go on its own
spot, so the referee is asking for a
second so you can line it up behind
the spot and it has to go in line
with the black and of course this
top cushion as close to its own spot
as possible. He has had a couple of
looks at those two red to see if
they popped back into this bottom
corner. It looks quite close. If he
takes two reds with black Sea, that
would put him 75 ahead with just 67
on, so all he has to do is
concentrate on this black, roll it
in and take the red behind the
black. And maybe that is a plant.
Maybe it is. It must be.
It is all the way there.
Is he a unlucky? He is touching the
other red, so that was very
unfortunate. OK, the frame is pretty
much safe, but we would have had the
first century in the final. He is
touching the reds are. He has to
play away from it. Well, he tried to
knock the Green safe there. Very
unfortunate when he landed tight on
At the moment, Kyren needs, well, he
could do with four reds and four
blacks and then he may need
So you wouldn't really give him much
hope the way these reds are
That was a great shot of Kyren using
the rest there. A very unusual shot.
Not often you see that.
That doesn't matter. He had lost
concentration. The frame was well
and truly over. It was that earlier
break of 73 that paved the way for
Mark Allen and he is back in the
lead again 6-5.
Mark Allen is back in front.
were saying the difference in the
positional play, but Mark Allen cue
ball was great. There is an economy
of effort when the cue ball goes
around with him. It is similar to
Ding Junhui. He kept it neat and
tidy. Every shot was simple.
Yes perhaps he is even
shorter around the table than Ding
Junhui. Keeps that cue ball on tight
rein. If anybody is going to look
like the winner of this, it does
seem like it will be Mark Allen.
That is not to dig out...
Why do you
Because it seems he is
more efficient with the balls. If
you wobble a ball, you have a six
foot distance to keep putting, it
gets tougher. Given equal time at
the table, and they both play to
decent standard, it is favouring
If you were in Kyren
corner what would you say?
playing great match play, when the
chances come, keep that cue ball
tighter and make the job easier for
Sometimes we analyse and
say, where is your strengths, play
to your strengths. It will be
interesting to try and analyse Kyren
Wilson's strengths, where would you
His biggest asset is his
straight cues. His long game is very
good. He has played some lovely
shots when he is playing run
throughs. But he has got to get
tight we are the white.
What do you
make of the boys, Dennis? DENNIS
TAYLOR: I think they're doing
make of the boys, Dennis? DENNIS
TAYLOR: I think they're doing
remarkably well. Considering they're
in their first final. You can't
separate them at the moment. As I
mentioned, if one player can just
open up a two-frame advantage and
Mark Allen has got the chance to do
that before the mid session
interval, you would have to make him
a strong favourite. But having said
that look what Kyren Wilson did in
the semi-final against Judd Trump
from 5-2. It is still fascinating,
KEN DOHERTY: And it could go
all the way. But you never know who
is going to break first. If any of
them do. Been fascinating stuff.
Quite a clever little shot. He has
tried to tempt Kyren Wilson at this
red behind the black. Its almost
straight. It has a slight angle on
it. But these are so difficult.
Yeah. You're OK when you're ahead,
but when you're chasing it becomes a
bit more difficult. The red has
I think under the circumstances and
the importance of this frame before
the mid session interval, that was a
very risky one from Kyren.
Just as in the last frame, he has
given quite an easy opportunity for
Mark Allen to get quite a few points
on the board.
He would like to get on the red
directly before the black here.
Gone too far for that, but always
had the red to left centre.
Yeah, there is time, you're never
playing for one single ball, you're
leaving yourself options. That is
what Mark did there. Sometimes you
might think two or three shots
ahead, but other times you're just
putting the cue ball in the position
where you're leaving yourself with
Has he got an angle on this red?
Doesn't look like it, he is a bit
strait on it.
If he could hit the extreme red of
the bunch. Just a slight little
touch on the red.
Extreme red on the bunch of reds, he
could just push it out of the way.
Not that time. Maybe he just didn't
have the right angle.
Well, that is a brilliant shot!
That wasn't an actual angle, he had
to force the pink in with lots of
side to create the angle. It's
finished just a little awkward for
him. But he split the reds
beautifully there. Should be able to
get on the blue.
Even though he is awkward with the
And the correct side of the blue as
He is normally so good at this type
of shot. But under the circumstances
there was a lot of pressure on that.
And he is paying the penalty.
What a way to go to the mid session
interval if he can win this frame
with one visit here.
He is certainly starting to motor
now. It has been a fantastic break.
That shot on the pink to split the
reds was magnificent.
That one wasn't. He still has a red
to left centre.
But not the cannon that he wanted
He was only looking for one more red
and a black. He is 61 ahead. Now he
is going to have to play that little
He is screwing it in, so he is
heading back. Yeah, not a bad choice
if the white pulls up there. Yes, it
was an awkward one and decided that
the cannon the black into a pottable
position was just a little too
tricky. He is starting to look very
strong indeed here.
He thought he had missed that. Did
he get a bit of a kick? The
referee's cleaning the blue. Maybe
he did get a heavy contact.
played a blue like that today and it
is almost like the cue ball drifted
slightly. He thought he missed the
blue earlier. Very similar to that.
Just near to this red. It is there.
Great shot. The cue ball might be
slightly drifting as it goes to the
blue spot. This has been top drawer
Calling on all his experience.
A player who has won the World Open
in China twice.
He has made 41 centuries this
season. 36 last season.
We have had 27 so far this year in
the Masters. The record is 31.
Great time to have a big break like
this as well.
Probably love to keep going and not
have a mid session interval.
Absolutely brilliant! From the man
from County Antrim.
139 is still the highest break in
this year's Masters. Liang Wenbo is
in line for £10,000 for that.
It has been an excellent session.
The pink into the middle.
A magnificent break from Mark Allen.
He goes into the interval leading
He goes into the interval leading
7-5. Mark's fans loved that. That is
how we are looking with our
tournament centuries. First century
of this match, but the 28th of the
tournament so far. You have got to
agree with Ken, I bet he wishes he
could keep going.
Yes, this is why
we are going on about the cue ball
and keeping it tight. The cue ball's
hardly moved. He had one shot he had
to screw off the red on to the
black. But the rest of it was great.
Yes, Kyren playing
the red along the top cushion and
you don't know where the red's going
to go. It went over the green
pocket. But a great break from Mark
Allen. He seems to have timed things
nicely. Going back to that last
frame in the afternoon where he dug
deep to win it. Perhaps that was a
What about that blue
that Mark almost missed.
It is a
A mark on the table?
had a similar shot today, I don't
know whether it is drifting or
dropping over, or whether the first
one was a kick. It an interval he
didn't need. Because he is flowing
Beautifully set up for the
Yes, Kyren doesn't,
he hasn't done anything wrong. But
it is tough out there. Mark Allen
does look like more of a class
animal among the balls. But Kyren
Wilson was up against it in his last
match and pulled it around. He has a
great temperament and when he gets
closer, you never know. If he stays
in context he will have a chance.
Shot of tournament coming up
shortly. But if you have been to
Alexandra Palace, you will know what
a wonderful venue it is and John
Parrott has been looking at the
Victorian theatre and its
JOHN PARROT: This has been home to
the Masters since 2012 and it has
witnessed drama and magic that has
been etched in the game. The history
makers are just a small part of the
legacy of this great palace.
Alexandra Palace is being restored.
With a budget of almost £30 million,
the task is huge. The total cost
gives you an idea of scale of work
to restore some of the Palace's most
historics parts. I caught up with
the deputy Chief Executive to look
around at the restoration.
very excited, because what this will
allow us to do is welcome people in
to a space where you can be at
Alexandra Palace, hopefully working
from your lap top, grabbing a coffee
or coming into our learning zone.
Show us the rest of it.
follow me. This is our beautiful
Victorian theatre which opened in
1875. It fell into dereliction quite
quickly and it has been lost to
three generations and nearly 90
years it has been hidden from the
public. We have this amazing
opportunities to give it back. The
plan is that we are keeping it as a
rested decay. Because it was never a
shiny theatre. It wouldn't be true
to the space if we started to break
open the gold leaf.
we going to the top?
So this is it.
We are almost as high
as we can go. We will take you a
little higher. But this reveals our
beautiful decorative ceiling, which
we are now putting a lot of effort
You are kidding me,
we can't go any higher?
always go higher at Alexandra
Palace. We are now in the void above
the decorative ceiling. What is
happening under us is the consl
daysing of the ceiling --
consolidation of ceiling. That is
plaster of Paris with a mesh and we
have these truss ends that have been
fabricated to each individual
It is not going anywhere?
For the likes of this wall, what
do you do to preserve this?
quite a complicated process to
ensure that it stays looking as it
does at the moment. But ultimately,
we have professionals that come in
and they will put a resin, a fine
resin, over the wall, which
encapsulates what you see today, but
stops it decaying.
We have been to
the heights, no us the basement?
Now the basement?
Where are we now?
We are underneath
the theatre stage and what you can
see in front of you is the most
extraordinary example of Victorian
wooden working stage machinery and
the way it would have worked is you
have these traps you can see and
your performers would have sat in
the traps and been levered through
the stage to shoot up above as part
of the performance.
Back here in the warm and you have
made me a nice cup of tea. We have
scratched the surface of looking at
it. You must have found other
Well that is one of the
extraordinary stories of this
restoration project, as part of it
we have found a collection that we
thought we lost in the fire that was
5,000 items of history of Alexandra
Palace. Including one of first BBC
television producers, will a his
note books and things from Owen
Jones' original drawings that we are
having verified. We very fortunate
that Google arts and culture shipped
one of the few scanners in the world
that meant we can scan all the
items. That has taught us about the
hidden history we didn't know. We
were able, because of resolution to
see posters in the back of the
photographs that told us when it was
an internee camp, they were being
shown footage during the First World
War about what was happening in
It has been
fascinating. Thank you for spending
time with me. But I've got to go.
Our intrepid reporter. We showed you
ten of the best shots from the
Masters. Our team have Whittled them
down to the best three.
He has got great cue power here.
Excellent shot. That is not too bad.
Played that very well.
The snooker's behind the black. That
is in a nice place.
Now, so is the cue ball.
He is going for the jugular here.
Great shot. Absolutely full marks
for trying to make something happen
Time to look back Ott at what has
been a terrific Masters.
Intriguing first match of this
LAUGHTER. Mark Williams has nicked
the white and it's in his pocket!
Now the ref is going to look for the
white. LAUGHTER. There we go!
The pink is in. The Welsh potting
machine has made a terrific come
back and he takes the match by 6-5.
He is from County Antrim in Northern
Ireland, it is the Pistol, Mark
What's your second name again? .
Mark Allen ladies and gentlemen!
Eventually, Ken, we got the names
There is a bit of a fly
problem on the table.
In the end Mark Allen. He wasn't at
his absolute best for me, but when
it mattered he produced a he is a
There is a fly.
I don't think it is the same one as
The fly's causing a problem.
century breaks he has made against
Ding Junhui's two. And it is Ryan
Day, 3-0 he was down and he is
through to the quarter-final.
Always like watching Liang Wenbo. He
is such a character. Lots of
expressions on his face.
Trump in the end with that
magnificent break gets himself
through to the next round and he
takes the match by 6-4.
Have a look
at this. A fly has landed on his
head and he played the shot as if it
You might as well wrap up and go
home now, this just crazy.
A lot of flies this week.
If it was, it won't be back!
The Wizard of Wishaw has waved that
Ronnie did win the toss and he is
going to get this first
quarter-final under way.
struggling, I don't know whether it
is a virus. I have had it before and
it is difficult when you're getting
Superb performance from Mark Allen
This looks absolutely perfect. What
a positional shot that is.
looked out of sorts, but Mark Allen
has put in a fabulous performance
here. He has won the match very
wasn't good enough. I know people
don't take me serious, but I
probably will miss the World
Championships. I come back to
snooker for different
reasons, it is
just a bit of a time-passer for me.
I remember the first few days they
were trying to pick these flies up
by the wing. Not any more!
by the wing. Not any more!
happened to the old DTT they had.
The old spray can?
MUSIC: Kung Fu fighting.
What a wonderful shot.
centuries. Marvellous. Judd Trump
runs out a winner 6-4.
Really going for the jugular here.
Great shot. Full marks for trying to
make something happen here.
been the best performance of his
career. It doesn't matter about
that. In the end the man from
Kettering has won four frames in the
row and didn't he do it in style and
he gets himself through to the final
of the Pla sters.
John Higgins offering
him congratulations. There is a
delighted Mark Allen in his first
delighted Mark Allen in his first
As each day goes by,
we are lucky to be here and watching
the action. When you watch it all
packaged together with music, I
realise just how lucky we are.
it is great fun. That is how old, I
can remember Carl Douglas, the Kung
Fu fighter on Top of the Pops.
Fortunately it finishes before
midnight or we might get bats as
well. There have been some great
And Sean Murphy with his
inner Luke Skywalker.
I know what people will say, here
they go again talking about Ronnie
O'Sullivan, but for people who
missed it, Barry Hearn was talking
this afternoon about how he thinks
Ronnie O'Sullivan will be at the
Crucible. Can I ask your opinion?
think probably, on reflection, when
it gets closer to entry date, he
will fancy the job. But that was him
talking after getting beaten by Mark
Allen so you are never in the
greatest frame of mind, even if you
are trying to put a brave face on
it. You are never in a good frame of
mind when you have lost.
chairman of World Snooker, Barry
Hearn, was at that, he seemed
convinced Ronnie will play.
he will play. He will come round to
it when the entry form comes round.
OK, gentlemen, thank you very much.
Mark Allen leads Kyren Wilson by 7-5
and a change in our comedy box. Good
evening, John Virgo and Stephen
Hendry. -- in our commentary box.
It evening. The interval is over.
And Mark Allen,
And Mark Allen, Stephen, 91% pots
from Mark Allen, slightly less for
Kyren Wilson. Perhaps that tells a
Yes, Mark Allen seems to be
finding a higher gear at the right
stage in this match, Mark Allen. The
difference between these two players
to day has been the cue ball and
their control of it.
But we know what Kyren Wilson can do
when his back's against the wall in
a match. We only have to look back
at that incredible semifinal against
Judd Trump. So in no way is anyone
writing him off yet. There was a
long, long way to go yet in this
match. This is his strength. But
again. Why is he hitting them so
It seems to be his
Achilles' heel. When the pressure is
on, he has a tendency to overhit the
ball. And that could be costly.
First in, eventually, and I should
imagine sooner rather than later he
will try to get the black onto its
spot and it will be available to
Yes, no pressure if Mark Allen is
presented with this situation every
time he comes to the table.
You could see a bit of frustration
that, either with himself or he
might have got a heavy contact. But
I think with himself for not getting
that cue ball further up the table.
He didn't get to the cue ball
It looks as though he
didn't go through it as he should.
It looks as though the red second
down from the pink is available to
the right corner. There you see it.
Oh, right in the heart of the
pocket. He'll be forgiven for not
having the perfect angle on the
If he's going to go into the
pink, if he goes into the right-hand
side of it as we look down the
table, even if he misses the
cannon... He didn't get into the cue
ball. He needed to be on the other
side of the pink to make certain of
a red, really.
Particularly at that
pace. There were other reds to hold
the cue ball. He could have found
something easier. He will be taking
it on, there is no doubt about that.
And we are looking from right behind
the pocket, so we will know before
he does whether it is in or not.
We went to shore but it struggled
in. -- we weren't too sure but it
struggled in. Now, what sort of an
angle has he got on the green? He
has the angle to come down to the
reds at the reds are slightly
awkward. Six reds in the middle of
the table but he needs to be very
precise with his positional shot.
Oh, which you believe it! -- would
you believe it?! How did the green
get through that gap. You never see
this in a major.
Obviously not a touching ball. Had
it been, the referee would have
declared it. But doesn't feel as if
he can get back to the baulk end.
he can get back to the baulk end. I
mean, you'd think he could get back
to the baulk end of the one he is
closest to you and the one off the
side cushion. Needs to miss the
yellow. And he didn't, so that was a
loose one. OK, he may not have left
anything but with his hand on the
table, you would expect Kyren to
play a better safety shot Usman
Khawaja. -- you would expect Kyren
to play a better safety shot than
Just a little bit pacey. But the
brown may have come to his rescue
Yes, he may be forced into taking
Yes, he did not want to play that
long read and look at what he has
left. So, it was a good safety shot
from Kyren Wilson and it has forced
this opportunity and what a good
opportunity it is.
opportunity it is.
If he is straight
on this red to the left middle, you
will take that opportunity to play
for the black immediately.
Normally pretty reliable with the
rest, especially when he is playing
a stunning shot, which he will be
Again, you see the frustration,
slamming the rest down on the table.
Hit it may be just an ounce harder
than was required.
Yes, didn't cue
it smooth and it just needed cueing.
As you say, he just flung the rest
onto the table. Look at the
occasion. I think it's starting to
get to Kyren Wilson.
get to Kyren Wilson. Yes, I think
sometimes you can get away with not
playing your absolute best, but when
you are missing chances like that,
and he would deem that is a great
opportunity after Mark Allen had got
in first, and you don't take them,
well, it is a mind game circuit.
And also, what a boost of confidence
it gives to your opponent. He played
the right shot, played for the black
This is careless. OK, he's got a bit
of an angle. He should be able to
get back up for the blue but that
cue ball should have been a couple
of feet away from the cushion.
So, this blue to go and 57 points in
front with 59 remaining, so only
this red required to leave Kyren
Wilson needing snookers.
Kyren Wilson will be very, very
disappointed. You just get the
feeling that this match is just
beginning to slip away from him now.
This was the black. Didn't really
cue it smooth and it was his
reaction afterwards that made you
feel that he was just beginning to
get on top of the fact that he's not
producing his best in the biggest
match of his life.
No way back to the table now, so
even if this red doesn't go in, its
The mark Allen
supporters are getting a bit louder.
They are enjoying this, and if I was
Kyren Wilson, I would try to use
that as a bit of motivation.
He has got to use something.
it didn't matter about the brand.
Kyren Wilson stays in his seat. He
had a chance there and Mark Allen
now goes three ahead.
Mark Allen just taking a moment to
walk out of the arena just to
compose himself. He knows how close
this is, John?
Yes, he is in the
ascendancy, go out, compose
yourself, make your opponents it in
the chair and think about being
three frames per pint. I don't blame
him in the slightest. -- being three
The black was
mentioned as the correct shot but he
hadn't played for a number of shots.
He put it upon himself to pot that
because you can't guarantee potting
that will punish you are the best
rest player in the world. Get a few
balls before you start playing the
hard shots but John disagrees.
think he played the correct shot. He
is proficient with the rest and you
would not expect him to miss that.
He drops the black in there and
there are five reds waiting for him.
His rest play today has been 85%,
over the tournament, 84%. A sign of
frustration when he missed it as
Yes, because he knew that if
he dropped that, there were four or
five reds waiting for him. He is
just starting to show signs of
What can Kyren Wilson do
now if Mark Allen is in the
I think he has got to
steady the ship the bit about what
is difficult as he is running out of
frames. You need the chance to get
his cue arm going now. That black
was not one. Therein lies my
decision that not always is the shot
the same. It depends on how you are
feeling yourself. I don't think he
was happy on that black and the way
he threw the rest down, it was an
uncomfortable shot for him. He needs
to get a bit of table time now.
Absolutely. Mark Allen on his way
back out then. Two more frames and
he is the Masters champion of 2018.
Back to the boys.
Kyren Wilson, the one thing he has
got to cut out, he is missing easy
shots. I know that sounds a simple
thing. He has got to cut out the
unforced errors. But I think the one
thing he has got, Stephen, he has
got a good temperament.
a doubt, and he is a fighter. Go
back to that match against Judd
But what I think you won't get from
Mark Allen that he got from Judd
Trump is his opponent playing crazy
shots to let him back in.
Yes, I think Mark Allen now will not
shut up shop but he won't take
shut up shop but he won't take any
unnecessary risks. He is in the
ascendancy with his man just where
he wants him. As I say, Kyren seems
to have that uncanny ability to put
bad shots behind him and not let
them affect him in the next frame.
Worth the risk. Where's the Red Bull
going? -- where is the red ball
Now, could that be a turning
It has come off
the two back jaws of the middle
pocket to go into the corner.
the bunch here.
He might have a red
to the left middle. It looked for a
second as if he was going to be on
nothing. But he is on a red. What is
the potting angle like?
Yes, I think going back to the black
and the rest in the last frame, I
think you always have to play what
you think is the correct shot. When
you start shying away from what you
believe is the correct shot, it puts
you in a negative state of mind. He
believed the black was the correct
shot, I did, and he went for it.
Just overhit that positional shot
though. Wanted to be straight on
this thread. The little bit of work
to do on the cue ball here.
to do on the cue ball here. That was
the problem. He couldn't avoid
kissing into other reds. Not perfect
on the colour.
I think if you look for a weakness,
John, in Kyren's play, it's the
finesse shots. He doesn't seem able
to play them as well. He has all the
cueing power in the world.
We always say if you hit the first
knuckle, they usually don't go in.
Yes, and it just flicked the near
knuckle. He could play the pot here,
because I think he is bound to be on
a colour, should it go in. Well, he
is not playing flawless snooker,
Mark Allen. That could give Kyren a
little bit of hope. This pact
Alexandra Palace audience now
beginning to get involved in this
But this is a massive frame for
Kyren Wilson. You feel if he was to
lose this one, his chances of
winning the Dafabet Masters this
year are almost gone. He needs to
hit this fall. Played it well.
That's a bonus.
That's a bonus.
Now, as Mark Allen
came to the table, he just gave a
sly look at Kyren Wilson. A fluke on
the red now this fluke snooker, may
be signs that the tide is turning.
Is this hard enough? It doesn't look
like it. No hesitation to have this
put back. It wasn't a bad idea but
it wasn't the perfect light and the
problem with this shot is that if
you put a little bit of extra pace
into the cue ball, it can come off
the cushion slightly different.
So, same again. This time, it looks
as though it's hard enough, but he's
going to slip past the reds and
leave a red on. He has left I read
on here. I think the red closest to
the cue ball will go. Do you see it?
The first time, even though it was
short, he didn't have the right
Yes, at the moment, it is
concentrate on one shot at a time.
He may take the opportunity to go
into the bunch of five reds Batard
together, leave him on a red to the
right corner. He played the right
shot but it has not worked out as
well as he would have liked.
little bit more stun was needed
there. He is hoping that this red
would go to the left corner. It
doesn't, so he will need the
extended rest, extension on his cue.
It doesn't make this red any easier
because it is not a straightforward
drop the red in. If you did that,
you would cannon the black. So he
has to manoeuvre the cue ball.
he has got to hit this well to avoid
the black. Well done. Good recovery.
Perfect on the blue.
Perfect on the blue. Now, this is a
chance that he must take. Already a
50 point lead. It is hard to see
where he can go wrong from here.
So, now, 55 points the lead. Three
more reds and he will be at the
snooker is required stage.
Yes, purposely playing it with pace
so he would leave himself guaranteed
position on the pink. Now 68 points
the lead, so just this red needed to
go 69 points ahead with just 67
Well, he has had two enormous slices
of good fortune in this frame, Kyren
Wilson, but fair play, he has done
what he had to do.
He needed this
frame badly. He couldn't afford to
go 9-5 down.
He should really try to clear up
here because that would give him an
enormous boost of momentum going
into the next frame.
And something else I have noticed
here, Stephen, looking at his
average shot time, it is 26 seconds
a shot which is pedestrian, but not
so in this frame, he has been very
fluid around the table.
Yes, this is
what he did at the end of the match
with Judd Trump.
Well, a pity there is no century but
it is a frame with a double slice of
good luck but when you get it, take
We really enjoyed Kyren's comeback
yesterday when he was 5-2 down and
it looked like he was going out of
the Masters and he's got a very
visible way of showing a spring in
his step when things are going his
He took the well. He had to
write dollops of good luck there. He
is playing of two angles to kick the
read up the table, he plays the
shot, come off the two angles and it
has gone plum right behind the
yellow. You can see here he is just
trying to knock the red down the
table but where this finishes is an
absolute breezy bonus. That is right
up the chaff of the yellow and good
luck getting out of that one.
Sometimes you need a slice of luck.
Yes, it is not your fault you get
the luck. You can't play like that
all the time. Against Judd Trump,
when he's not that things had
changed in the match, that is when I
think he has the sense as a change
that it is time to make something
happen. That DLA when he played
that, it was aggressive and the
right time to play that shot. -- but
yellow. And that frame bed, he
wasted no time amongst the balls and
therefore he's trying to not
necessarily hustle Mark Allen but to
get to it and get a run on. From
that perspective, I like what he's
Oh, he took them well, no
doubt about it. From Mark Allen's
point of view, he will be spitting
feathers because he didn't do a lot
long in that -- a lot wrong in that
JOHN VIRGO: He has left the red on,
but may not tempt Cai Ron. -- Kyren.
Safety needed here. Caught it much
too thick. Much, much too thick. So
first chance of this frame and
they're all parent now. -- important
now. Goes to Mark Allen.
Another solid pot right in
the middle of the pocket.
STEPHEN HENDRY: Could have chosen to
play for the black, but just making
sure of the pot.
This what is Kyren Wilson can't
afford in this match, being 8-6 down
is Mark Allen being in first every
Not perfect on this black. A bit
Yeah, now you want to play this
at pace, the red that's directly
between the bunch and the black.
Stun into that.
You have got to play it with a fair
bit of pace, but concentrate on pot.
He chose to play a more measured
cannon and to be fair he played it
very well. He has great touch. That
was a superb positional shot.
Just got into the cue ball enough to
haul the white at this end.
He will play the cannon on the three
reds. Just got to the cue ball.
Didn't play to hit the main bunch
there. But he is still OK. A choice
of two reds. One to left middle as
Won't be happy with that one.
Needs a big bounce here. Oh, great
shot! Great shot.
shot! Great shot. Watch the spin
pick up there on the cue ball, once
it hits the blue.
It was all about
Well if he can get through to the
pink, he is OK, and I think he can.
I think he had his own bit of
fortune there for the reds to move
out of the way of the pink.
See if he can get to the right side
of the blue this time. Perfect.
He has a loose red, but he has a
lovely angle on the he blue to go
into the pink.
Right shot but just didn't catch the
pink fully enough. That is why the
cue ball went into the side cushion
and towards the top cushion. This
red goes to the middle.
GROANS FROM CROWD. People were
starting to clap.
I think there was
a couple this afternoon that looked
in and it definitely pulls into that
left drawer. It is definitely in
there and just pulls at the last
Fair comment on the
It was difficult to manoeuvre the
cue ball in the way he wanted to,
with it being so close to the
cushion. But the kiss on the yellow
doesn't appear to be a bad one.
He came to the table 49 points
behind. It is not a bad table apart
from that red that is close to the
left-hand side cushion.
Not bad. Not bad, but not perfect.
He has to play for the black.
The danger has always been
straightish on the black. I think he
is OK. But when you're 8-6 down and
45 points down, this is anything but
No. Well we have criticised him
today for hitting balls too hard.
But what a pot that was at that
Yeah. Right in the heart of
There is a few loose reds and maybe
if he pots one of them he may
release the others. He doesn't have
to play any cannons. The problem
will be the red on the left-hand
side of the table.
Those reds around the pink are all
available. As he pots this one, the
one to the right of the pink will be
available to the right corner.
If he clears that, the one below the
pink will be available to the left
corner. But when and how does he go
about getting on the awkward last
red? He can't win the frame without
He has an angle to play on to that
red on the side cushion. I don't
think he will play on to it, but it
wouldn't have surprised me. He may
choose if the pink goes to leave an
angle on the pink to go into the red
on the side cushion. Knowing if he
misses the cannon, he is bound to be
on one of the other reds.
picking up the pace now.
Had the angle maybe to move that
red. But he wants to close the gap
score-wise. The average shot time
which was 26 seconds a shot is now
down to 25.
Just left himself the wrong side of
the pink here.
He will still be on the red. But it
is now all about what will be the
last red. Near the side cushion.
Eight points the difference.
He is perfect on the blue to come
off the top cushion and try and
develop the red of. The only thing
is you have got to hit it perfect to
get the best result.
All about the weight of the shot.
Well he's missed it! He has missed
the cannon. He will be disappointed
with that. Two points behind now.
Main priority - get this red safe.
And avoid the double-kiss. And he
has done. He will be very
disappointed he missed the cannon.
He looked perfect on the blue. If he
felt that he wasn't going to get
into it, just put a trace of side
Looking at that replay, it
looked like it came off very square
off the cushion. It came off very
quickly. Watch how straight this...
Yeah, you're right, it did. As I
say, we sit from these positions so
many times, you know when it's a
perfect angle and he looked perfect
and he thought he was, just to play
it plain ball.
Where does the red go? Over the
Now, he has to be wary of
that left middle pocket. I think
Keep your eyes on the left middle.
Oh, maybe thinking about that.
Was that his first glimpse of the
Well, he would have
been pleased to have that
opportunities. But to miss it. That
can eat away at your confidence.
Just one point there.
Can he hole for the yellow? Is he on
REFEREE: Quiet, please.
If you don't feel you have the
yellow. You have to play in and out
of baulk end. He is looking at the
This would be a brave
shot to play.
He is playing top spin, so doesn't
look like it.
look like it. You see players play
that, they play bottom of the cue
ball. Great shot. He had a strong
look into the audience. It was I
think possibly to his opponents's
supporters. I did say maybe he will
use that as motivation.
Brown and blue. To get within one
The blue to go 18 points in front
with just 13 remaining.
Puts him close. Mark Allen. He had
Just one snooker needed at the
moment. He would like to knock this
pink in. And it is right in the
heart of the pocket. And that is a
massive play to take it. And in the
end it is Kyren Wilson just one
STUDIO: Our MC has been calling
Kyren Wilson the warrior. Is he the
come back kid?
He has tremendous
character. We saw it with the Judd
Trump game, but that frame was
superb. He played a monster frame.
There was a chance for Mark Allen on
the long red. I think the middle
pocket was looking at him. But Kyren
Wilson, take a bow!
On Mark Allen on
that missed red, Stephen said
possibly an indication that Mark had
looked up and looking at the finish
Possibly, but it is a tough
length of the table. It is a long
way away. Eleven feet. It can roll
off and you can miss it and pressure
on shot. It could have been the
chance to go 9-6. But so impressed
with Kyren Wilson. A load of guts he
showed. That is something you can't,
you have either got it or not. You
can't teach how to understand when
to up the pace and make yourself get
that adrenaline buzz to get within
that frame of mind. So he is playing
from the heart. The warrior nick
name is apt.
He potted a black in
that frame, the second black or
something and he drilled it in.
These pockets are not buckets and he
drilled it in. He deserved the break
Yesterday on that remarkable
fight back in the Judd Trump match,
that is the word you used, sheer
Yes, the difference is
yesterday and I agree with Stephen,
you know, Mark Allen's not going to
give him the same opportunities that
Judd did. There was two shots that
Judd should never play. But that has
not been the case. He has just dug
Twists and turns of a final?
Mark Allen played that red into the
middle pocket and itself was a
decent effort. It looked like it was
tracking nicely and it just fell at
the end. There is a couple of other
shopts have gone that way and it is
not a massive turn into that pocket.
But enough you have to allow for it.
He has seen a couple of others go
and you do, you know it is going to
move to the left, so aim a bit to
the right. But even so, Mark Allen
has got to be made to pay by Kyren
It is the way Kyren has
maintained that composure. He pot
It is either in you or
it isn't. It is difficult to teach
that. You can teach people
technique, but what's in there is
The yellow is brave and
there might have been something said
in the crowd. Those Mark Allen fans
where he looked therm pleased the
white ball had overrun. He gave the
crowd a look. Who knows what is
I'm sure this is coming
through to you at home. It is an
incredible noise in here tonight.
JOHN VIRGO: As long as it doesn't
spill over to the players at the
table. I've nothing against it.
Because it creates atmosphere and
theatre. Which is what snooker's all
Yeah, you don't want it to
get to the stage where it gets
needle in the wrong way.
needle in the wrong way. These
players are playing for appearance
rather than just to win the match.
rather than just to win the match. A
handy break off for Kyren Wilson.
We don't see it too often. Usually
there is some pot to do at. He has
to be careful.
Less not guaranteed to get this
safe. But he has played it nicely.
He played it that well, I don't
think there is a return to the baulk
end for Kyren here. Looks as if he
is going to have to nestle into the
reds. Can't see a path back to
The type of situation you would end
up with a re-rack.
The one thing he
would want to avoid is not leave a
I think what shies you away tr
thinking of re-rack, because there
is nothing in the baulk end. If one
player gets an opportunities he can
send the cue ball up the table.
send the cue ball up the table.
walked very deliberately.
looking at one another. You get the
feeling the way this match is going,
neither player wanted to look at one
another. But Kyren looked at Mark,
and they have agreed.
These days the
players seem to agree quite quickly
and know where a frame's going. No
point mucking about for five or ten
What happened to the old
days when you used to try and knock
somebody out of
somebody out of rhythm, Eddie
Charlton and Cliff Thorburn.
was no future in that.
You spoilt it
Once again this cue ball tracking to
go behind the green. I think there
maybe an edge of the red on the
right-hand side of table sticking
out. No to pot it.
He has got to catch it mighty thin
to get back to baulk. He caught it
so thin that the cue ball is coming
out of baulk. Can Kyren get past the
No. He can get past the blue to hit
the red. But I don't think you can
see enough to pot it. He will have
to play the safety.
That is the one thing I have been
disappointed with from both players,
I don't think the safety play has
been that high quality to force a
mistake. Not found a baulk cushion
that many times. Although this looks
a better line if he can just run
past the yellow. No, he has caught
the yellow. Left the cue ball with
Kyren with his hand on the table.
Now, you see, Kyren 75% success
rate. Mark Allen not bad. But you
have got to look at 90% success rate
That cue ball's running and running.
Leaves him with nothing to go at. He
will be looking to nestle up behind
the yellow. The closer he can get to
the yellow, the better. As we watch
the pot again. Nice clean pot. Just
overhit it. Always look easy these,
but they're not necessarily - just
to feather the cue ball close to the
yellow. But he doesn't fancy it.
He would rather play off the green
and play a fuller shot.
Pretty good place to put the cue
ball that. Again Mark Allen is going
to come off the right-hand side of
He needs a very thin contact.
Where's the cue ball going? It is
OK. He has played that excellent.
Very good shot.
Very good shot. Could force a
This red cuts, but if you catch it
too thin you could run into the
That would keep the cue ball at this
side of the table. Well, that was a
nice kiss off the yellow.
We see so many times in these
tactical exchanges and the person
who can win it can win the frame.
This is a good shot. This is a good
Just when you said the safety play
wasn't very good, they have played
the best shots in the match.
have gone up a few notches. I'm glad
they're proving me wrong!
Well, this is a little bit more
tricky. He doesn't want an escape
route down the left-hand side of the
table with all the congested balls.
And if he comes down the right-hand
side, he has to be careful not to
run into the blue or the black.
Although there is a path just past
the pink. If he could get this right
and get the cue ball back roughly
where it is now, he should have the
advantage in the safety exchange.
Well, he has picked out another one
but he must catch it perfect.
That'll do! And he is on the brown.
He does Part some incredible long
balls, Kyren Wilson. It is one of
the strengths of his game. -- he
does pot some incredible long balls,
Yes, he just got the
feeling kiss off of the next red
and, as I say, he is just on the
Oh! Well, that tremendous opening
red and in the end, it could cost
him the frame now he has missed the
Now, does Mark Allen play for the
black straightaway? The easier shot
is for the pink, which is what he
This is a massive visit to the table
for Mark Allen.
for Mark Allen. Just to stop the
momentum of his opponent, reclaim
the authority in this match.
This is normally a situation that
suits him, the reds or being in the
same area of the table, the cue ball
and not having to travel much
A straightforward plant. Doesn't
really want to be too straight on
this pink but I think he is OK. The
only thing is, when you are straight
like this, if he plays the run three
into the opposite corner, you just
had to judge the weight of the shot.
He has judged it nicely.
He has judged it nicely. He may have
to play for the pink in the middle.
Wouldn't want to risk playing for
That's a good shot. He played that
well. And a chance to just bring
these three reds into the open now
in potting this one.
Little soft on stuns and screws,
that is his forte and he took the
opportunity there just to notch
another red into play. So far, so
Yes, this is exactly the type of
chance Mark Allen was looking for
after losing the previous two
frames. These have virtually looked
like a practice routine, the way he
has taken them.
48 points the lead. The pink will
make it 54. Still looking for
another couple of reds. Or maybe a
red and pink would be enough to get
to the speakers required stage. Red
and pink would -- the snooker is
required stage. Red and
required stage. Red and pink wit put
him 62 ahead.
In and nicely on the pink. He may
just have a slight angle on the
pink. He has got a slight angle but
he wouldn't want to take any risks.
Just the pink needed.
Just the pink needed. He knows if he
pots the next red, Kyren Wilson will
not come back to the table.
not come back to the table. Just one
snooker needed at the moment.
snooker needed at the moment. But
that's end of frame.
He really has been so reliable all
week when he has been presented with
opportunities like this, getting the
frame done in one visit.
Well, once again, he takes the frame
and he is now just one frame away
from claiming the Masters title for
the first time. 9-7.
Well, Stephen, he is in a good place
now. It is warm out there but he
still has that one frame to win and
of course, only being two ahead, it
is not over yet. Kyren will be
thinking if he can win this one, he
will keep the pressure on him.
think if you are Kyren Wilson, you
will think, when players have had
chances, it is Kyren who has been
winning them. When Mark gets in
first and has the reds all in one
area, it's virtually inevitable he
will win it. Kyren had a choice
about -- a chance there, but it a
fantastic long red, missed a brown,
and now he has to play no mistake
snooker, doesn't he, Kyren Wilson?
Yes, and in a funny way, it does
take pressure off you because you
are at the point of no return.
we saw him at that point yesterday
with Judd Trump. 5-2 behind and all
of a sudden he found his best form.
He never looked like missing. And it
wouldn't be the first time,
particularly at this level, you see
a player, three scoring visit, three
frames in no time at all. But it is
an Mark Allen's hands now. And that
trophy awaiting the winner.
He could do with a break off here,
Mark Allen, without leading a long
Well, he has left a pot to
the left corner. The black is
available, but would you risk it?
His opponent needing only one more
Oh, he did go for it, hit across it
and what has he left?
Well, that was
a brave, brave shot to play at that
He has covered the black. Doesn't
And it's not a straightforward
safety with that red adjacent to the
middle. Looking to play off the
green, you would have thought, leave
the cue ball by the far right corner
pocket. That will leave it pretty
There is a red to the corner
but again, it is a brave shot. There
is a gap. The two roads that are
closest to the black, there is a gap
to get the cue ball out, but if you
miss a pot attempt badly, you could
can then into those reds. Any
mistake now could be his last shot
in this final.
Building himself up for this very
important shot. As Stephen says, if
he hits it badly, it could be his
Again, it was such a pressure shot.
He hit it pretty hard. And I know a
couple of frames ago he hit it hard
and it went in, but percentages go
down the harder you hit it in
potting the ball.
Well, the red's
easy enough to the middle.
easy enough to the middle. He
couldn't quite... Well, he is on the
pink to the middle. I'm not quite
certain he played it, but he will
The chance has arrived.
it's the sort of chance where he has
excelled all week. All the reds
around the same area. OK, at the
moment, the colours are not in the
best position. Pink and black, I
think, both tied up. He has underhit
that one straightaway.
That's a sign
of a little bit of tension in the
arm. Played for the blue in the
middle, not the far corner.
middle, not the far corner. Now, he
is OK, but if he is very straight on
this red, he has once again a bit to
do with the cue ball.
Yes, he just
has a view of the gap there that he
will have to screw the cue ball
three. Is he on this thread? -- on
this red? That is a bonus.
this red? That is a bonus.
again, he can't get the right side
of the blue.
of the blue. Swinging it round with
lots of right-hand side. Just can't
get perfect position.
Well, he came round to see if the
black went to the left corner. If it
does, you are cannoning the two
reds. He must think it goes. He
played the shot but it's a lot more
difficult now with this angle.
straight behind it. You wouldn't
fancy him missing it but going into
what we call a blind pocket, you
have got to pick your spot and trust
you have sighted it correctly. And
he has. He has.
That is OK. Just notched the red. It
could have nestled on it but that is
Now, this really is a fantastic
chance now to close out this
A bit short again on
the cue ball. Krhin will be hoping
he can get back -- Kyren will be
hoping he can get back to the table.
I am not sure.
Yes, he is looking
good. The audience getting a bit
edgy. Mark's father and his brother.
I think Mark would love to win this
in this visit, that is what he has
been doing all week. That is what
you want to do in the final.
of his head because he wanted to be
another couple of inches up the
table. He is up for the blue and he
has judged it to perfection. He
couldn't have placed it better with
He has still got a tricky
shot to land on this red. That is
Yes, he still news read
-- he still needs red, colour, red
to get to snookers. Can he get to
the red on the top cushion? That is
the one he has played for and a
little bounce and it will be inch
perfect. This red to go ahead with
just 59 remaining. No heroics here.
Now, don't do anything silly here
with the black in trying to open up
the reds. This is a big, big moment
in Mark Allen's career. We have had
some great players from Northern
Ireland. Dennis Taylor won the World
Championship, Alex Higgins was the
most famous and it was 40 years ago
to the day that Alex Higgins won
this title. And the cheers,
exaltation for Mark Allen as his
dream eventually comes true. He has
won a major following in the history
of Northern Irish players. Spare a
thought Bob Kyren Wilson. Mark Allen
beat Ronnie O'Sullivan, John Higgins
and now he wins the final in ten
frames to seven. He is the Masters
Ladies and gentlemen, the 20 18th
Dafabet Masters champion is Mr Mark
Allen, ladies and gentlemen. But
before we talk to Mark, let's just
have a quick word with Kyren Wilson.
Give it up, ladies and gentlemen,
for Kyren Wilson, our runner-up,
ladies and gentlemen. Hard luck,
Kyren. You can hear the appreciation
from this crowd here tonight. And
Kyren, this is the hardest interview
of all. I can see what it means to
you, you are close to tears, and we
can understand, my friend, but
listen, you should hold your head up
really high. Because listen to that,
Kyren, listen to that.
Look, this is really tough, really
tough for you, so we will keep it as
short as possible. But listen to the
crowd, they have enjoyed seeing new
play tonight, Kyren, and through the
night. You have been a really tough
It is a really draughty
in here, to be honest. I have had an
incredible week, honestly. I said to
my manager and my coach, if anyone
was going to beat me, I'd have loved
it to the mark. Obviously I'm
devastated but he deserves that.
He's been knocking on the door. He
Trust me, I think I
speak on behalf of everyone at home
and everyone here tonight when I say
that yesterday's comeback against
Judd Trump was one of the best
imaginable and I will leave it as
that because I know how much this
means to you. Thank you very much
indeed. And here he had, ladies and
common. Hello, your daddy is a
Masters. Congratulations, Mark. Can
you sum up what this means?
It is a
real. I can finally say -- it is
surreal, I can finally say I have
won a triple. But what a competitor
Kyren Wilson is, what a competitor.
And not just that, he is the nicest
guy you could meet and he has his
family with him. He will have many
more days like this. I know what it
feels like to sit in that seat. It's
not a nice feeling, but how far has
he come in the last two years and he
will be in these major finals for a
long time to come.
I have just got
to ask you, Mark, as well, the boys
I fit with in the studio, John
Parrott, Steve Davis, they have
spoken so highly of your game and
also your composure this week.
interesting but Stephen Hendry to
this something like that. I felt
calm all week apart from the first
session today. But I felt as the
match went on, I felt moralities
with myself and played as I had the
rest of the week. I am just very,
very pleased. -- I felt more at ease
with myself. I think someone said it
is 40 years since Alex Higgins first
lifted this trace the, so to bring
back to Ireland.
One final question.
I remember we had a long chat four
years ago when we talked about one
day you hoped and you dreamt of
lifting the title here at Ali Pali
and you have done it, my man.
done it and it's been a long time
coming but hopefully this is a
stepping stone to bigger and better
things. Hopefully this is just the
first triple Crown. Please can I say
a quick thank you to the whole
crowd. The crowd all week has been
unbelievable. It's been sold out all
week and me and Barry don't see eye
to eye all the time but he's doing a
wonderful job of promoting our
sport. It has grown and grown, so
well done, Barry.
gentlemen, it is the 20 18th Dafabet
Masters champion. -- 2018 Dafabet
Masters champion. Please welcome
your presentation committee, ladies
and gentlemen. The runner-up
receiving the silver medal and a
cheque for £90,000, what a week it
has been for Kyren Wilson.
And to the winner receiving a cheque
for £200,000, the Paul Hunter Trophy
and the title 2018 Dafabet Masters
champion, Mark Allen.
Your champion, Northern Ireland's
Well, back here in the studio, let's
get some thoughts on John Parrott
and Steve Davis.
What a competitor.
I am thrilled for him to win it. He
has been a class act for a long
time. Some of his Snooker over the
years has warranted him winning
bigger tournaments. He hasn't
managed to get his head in front but
he has now. I couldn't be more
delighted for him. It's a wonderful
feeling to lift a major trophy with
all the hours of practice and travel
around the world, it is now all
The noise out there is
incredible. The green and white army
have turned up.
I think you can say
now he is definitely a premiership
player in the game. He played the
best under pressure, he controlled
the cue ball best, he is such a
popular player, not just with the
players, but with the crowd as well.
Everyone wants to him.
beautiful picture that is.
Absolutely beautiful. And we have to
say, Kyren Wilson, what a player.
has had a fantastic week. His
competitive instinct shone Brive. He
gave everything today. He just
ultimately was beaten by the better
man on the day. But listen, he is a
young lad, second time at the
Masters and he has plenty more to
Kyren had heart on his sleeve
moments there and obviously the
disappointment, the nation and the
atmosphere, it's not about crying
when you have lost, it is the
emotion bursting out of him after a
wonderful week in the game.
be back for more. It has been a
great tournament, hasn't it?
been great from ball one. A
wonderful competition we have had.
We have had a wasp gate, everything.
It's been a brilliant week to watch.
I couldn't be more delighted for
Mark Allen. I'm going to go out
there and shake his hand. I know
exactly how he feels and I can't
wait to shake his hand.
plenty more snooker coming up on the
There is plenty more
snooker coming up on
we will see you at the Crucible for
the World Championship. Thank you
very much indeed, John and Steve, we
have really enjoyed your company.
And thank you for watching. Mark
Allen is the Masters champion. Good